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The art of mindfulness in eating

The art of mindfulness in eating

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment, being aware of yourself and your surroundings without getting personally involved and engaging with the world with an active and open state of mind. Although its theory and practice goes back hundreds of years, its popularity has risen in recent months, with everyone jumping on the bandwagon. Its philosophy is simple, you observe your thoughts and those of others while distancing yourself emotionally. It can be applied to almost all areas of your life including in the eating and drinking of food.

We all know how easy it is to mindlessly eat in front of a TV or a phone but it takes away the appreciation and beauty out of the whole experience. Sitting down for a meal is the first step. Most of us gulp down coffee and eat breakfast on the way to work or school. This is unhealthy and dangerous for a healthy digestion of food. Slowing down is another way to enjoy your food and appreciate its taste and flavor. It also prevents overeating as the body signals to the brain when you are full at least 20 minutes after you’ve consumed your food. Taking smaller bites and sips will also help in allowing yourself to pay more attention to what you’re eating and how much you’re eating it. Eliminate all distractions while you eat a meal and really try to focus on the aroma and texture of the dish in front of you.

In these easy ways, you too can practice mindful eating which will help you in eating less if you’re trying to lose weight, boost your happy hormones and generally lower anxiety and depression. Science even boasts that consistently practicing this routine can reduce inflammation, improve sleep and improve your overall mood so you can stop and smell the roses once in a while.

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